2 Accused of murdering Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Police have charged two men with the murder of Lyra McKee, the journalist who was shot dead while covering riots in Londonderry in 2019.

LONDON – Two men appeared in court on Friday in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee, a Northern Irish journalist, who was shot while covering riots in Londonderry in 2019.

Jeroyd Kavanagh, 33, and Jordan Devine, 21, are charged with murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of petrol bombs, firebomb throwing, arson and rioting.

Mackey, 29, was monitoring anti-police riots in the city, also known as Derry, when she was shot in April 2019. The New IRA, a small paramilitary group that opposes the Northern Ireland peace process, said its members fired Mackie was shot by an accident while shooting at the police.

Prosecutors said the defendants were with the gunman who fired the fatal shot. A judge released the two men on bail until their next hearing on October 7.

Mackey was an increasingly influential journalist and wrote powerfully about his upbringing as a gay man in Northern Ireland and the struggle of the “Children of the Ceasefire” generation that arose after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that ended three decades of communal violence.

Hundreds of people attended Mackey’s funeral, including the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland and political leaders from the Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland. Her death helped spur a successful effort to persuade feuding politicians to revive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government, which had collapsed in 2017.

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